Freeman Arabian Ranch & Rescue is largely funded and operated by Jeff & Tricia Freeman who are both lifelong animal lovers. They have devoted their lives to animal rescue and advocacy but the honor and privlege to volunteer at other rescue organizations intensified their passion and made them acutely aware of the need to do more so they opened their hearts, their home and their personal equine facilities to those in need. Freeman Arabian Ranch & Rescue came to fruition and was officially recognized as a 501 (c)(3) public charity in July of 2015.
Jeff & Tricia and the members of our Board of Directors are entirely volunteers - no salaries here. All donations go directly toward the care of our sanctuary family members. Our other volunteers are also unpaid, not because the work they do is of no value but rather because it is invaluable! We do receive something of greater value than pay as compensation for our volunteer work; unconditional love!
Our Board of Directors:
Tricia Freeman: Tricia is originally from Iowa. She began rescuing animals in need, both wild and domestic, first as a small child then into adulthood. Her empathy and compassion toward animals led her to start becoming a vegetarian at the age of twelve then vegan years later. She worked in the medical field for over thirty years and is currently employed as a Service Representative with the USCG. In an effort to improve the lives of more than those she rescues, Tricia advocates on behalf of the animals who have no voice. She applies her love of and lifetime experience with animals to provide a loving, forever home and hopes that she also educates and inspires others to help animals.
Matt O’Reilly: Matt has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering both from the University of Kansas. Professor O’Reilly presently teaches Civil Engineering at the University of Kansas. He is originally from Connecticut but has been a resident of Lawrence, Kansas for over twelve years and is an avid runner. His busy schedule does not allow him to have pets of his own so he generously volunteers on our board which allows him to spend time with our rescued furry family members and lend a hand in their care. We are fortunate to have Matt as a Board Member.
Midge Grinstead: Midge was born and raised in Northeast Kansas and has dedicated her life to animal welfare. For nine years, she has been the Kansas Senior State Director for The Humane Society of the United States working to support animal welfare legislation, fight animal cruelty in all forms and engage citizens to promote the protection of all animals. She provides training for law enforcement, shelters and county animal response teams as well as the public through programs such as Humane Lobby Day. Prior to that, Midge spent more than fourteen years as the Executive Director for a large animal shelter in Kansas. Midge has been married for over thirty years to her wonderful husband, Mark. She has a son, step-daughter and nine grandchildren as well as a rescued dog named Cooper who rules their house! Midge’s knowledge, experience and expertise are invaluable and we are truly honored to have her serve on our Board.